Helena Triplett Faust

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  • Cotton Daisy Backstep










    Cotton Daisy Backstep are an old-time string band. They describe their music as “murder ballads, lonesome laments, farm humour, and tub thumping dance tunes” in the spirit of Appalachian fiddlers such as Lester McCumber.

    Current band members include Helena Triplett Faust (banjo/fiddle/vocals), Naomi Middleton (guitar/vocals) and Ruby Solly (bass). Past members and collaborators include Nick Bollinger, Eddy Abraham, Sylvia Carlyle and Liz Merton.

    Cotton Daisy Backstep formed in 2014 after Faust and Middleton played together during the ‘Up the Mountain’ tour supporting Andy Fitzgibbon, a visiting fiddler from West Virginia. They have performed at local venues and square dances around Wellington, playing both traditional and original songs. Mainly Acoustic has described them as evoking “that old 78 bacon-frying sound no book-learning can give.”